LEARNING FROM NATURE

MARVELLOUS OGUDORO

          Moonlight stories form an important part of African culture. They help us to understand the ways of our ancestors and more importantly, their way of thinking. To me, however, they represent much more. The moon which provides illumination for our elders to tell their stories fascinates me. It was rather interesting to learn in one of my science classes that the light which seems to come from the moon is just a reflection of the sun’s rays. This occurrence is one of the many ways nature teaches us the value of co-habitation, a value our humanity can put to great advantage.

 

          Nature has always been a source of inspiration to man. Ancient thinkers and philosophers looked at the world around them to better understand the world within. The Wright brothers gave us the airplane following the principles they got from watching the birds fly. Tape and glue are products of scientists who invested time observing gecko. Mark Zuckerberg has built a community of over two billion people following his recognition that man has a natural desire to connect with other human beings.

 

          Nature is therefore full of many lessons including cohabitation and mutual support. We can see it manifest in the most basic forms. Bees need flowers for nectar and flowers need bees to spread their pollen grains for reproduction. Plants need animal waste for nourishment and animals need plants as a source of food. Humans produce carbon dioxide which plants find useful and plants in return, produce oxygen without which humans cannot survive. What may seem to be a waste to a member of the ecosystem may be indispensable for another member’s survival and productive living.

 

          We can draw inspiration from this to promote social cohesion, support for one another and globalization. A peaceful and cooperative world will bring out the best in every one of us and deliver the good things of live we all seek. Nature has been kind to deposit the different things we need all around the world. Some crops do well in the tropics. Others flourish in temperate regions. Nature is the originator of variety. We can see this manifest in our climate system. At almost every point during the year, you will find places that are almost exactly opposite in weather conditions. This allows for variety when it comes to food. Crops that might not grow well in one part of the world, do extremely well in another and this leads to almost constant availability of variety. 

 

          Different regions of the world are blessed with natural resources which complement what the other regions are endowed with. Peaceful coexistence will ensure enable our world to exchange and share the good things we need to realize our potentials.

 

          Nature also teaches us to be good managers of our resources. Just like plants recycle animal waste and use it as manure, we must also become good recyclers and managers of our resources. We must consciously manage the resources we have at our disposal. This will not only help us solve our current problems but to provide the resources future generations would need to function effectively. Our development must be established on a sustainable basis unless it would be like cutting our nose to spite our face.

 

          We can also draw inspiration form nature when dealing with diseases. Take the mosquito for example which causes millions of deaths annually. Dragon flies which are harmless to human beings can be an effective tool for the prevention of malaria. Dragon flies eat mosquitoes. They can therefore be introduced into the tropics through an operation managed by the relevant international health agencies to give us a break from malaria.

 

          Nature also leaves emergency management systems. We find this in deserts where oasis provide help to camels who have been designed to go for months without drinking fresh water. Humans should be as wise as nature and make similar provisions.

 

          We need one another for truly, no man can be self-sufficient. We flourish when we cooperate and live in peace.

 

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Disclaimer: This essay was submitted by the author to the 2017 GOI Foundation Essay Competition

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